THIS CONTEST IS CLOSEDDisclaimer: A copy of this Audio Book was provided by Hachette Audio Books for review. The views expressed here are honest and are in no way influenced by the publishers.
Synopsis from the back cover of the box
Yesterday, Special Agent Pendergast still mourned the loss of his beloved wife Helen, who died in a tragic accident in Africa, twelve years ago. Today, he discovers she was murdered. Tomorrow, he will learn her most guarded secrets, leaving him to wonder. Who was the woman I married? Why was she murdered? And above all….Who murdered her?
There were a lot of firsts for me with this book. It was my first time listening to an audio book for review. I am not completely sure if the same criteria for my book reviews apply to this but I am eager to try. It was also my first time listening to a book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs. From the back cover of the case, I realize that both authors have produced several books thus far, most of which have been warmly received by critics and book bloggers alike. Fever Dream is yet another success that can be added to the list.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this suspense thriller. From the get go, the reader is thrown into exotic scenery, meticulous and vivid descriptions and a solid plot and story. There is no letting up as chapter after chapter, new clues are revealed and the main characters try to figure out how it all leads to the murder of Pendergast’s wife. This is exactly how I like my suspense thrillers. You can’t tell who’s behind the murder until the very end. I enjoy it when the writer makes it that much harder for you to predict the next clue or to solve the mystery. Preston and Childs not only creates a challenge for the characters involved in the story but also for the readers as well and i thought that this is a testament to their excellent writing skill.
I have to admit that Pendergast was my favorite character in this book. He’s a brilliant detective who often straddles the line between a good cop and a bad cop. In fact sometimes I feel as though he is more of the latter. He is also at times very arrogant and cynical but I think Preston and Child made this work in the character’s favor.
Listening to the book was also a really nice experience. It did provide some variety in my reading. The narrator Rene Auberjonois (the guy from Boston Legal) was really easy to listening to. He provided just the right amount of excitement in his tone when necessary. The story was 70+ chapters long and while I thought that it was a bit too long the story maintained its intrigue up until the very end. I guess in a way that made up for the story being so long. Also the character Constance Green was not resolved properly in the story. She came in pretty late into the book and her purpose or her connection to the overall story was not well developed. When the book ended i still had no clue about her.
All and all, this is a great story that is worth the read (or the listen)
Thanks to Anna and the kind folks at Hachette Audio Books, I have three copies of this audio book to giveaway. The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only and will close on June 30th. To enter, simply leave me a comment about your favorite suspense/thriller/mystery book of all time. Please be sure to leave your email in the comment since that will be the only way i can contact you if you win.
Winners will be selected by Random.org and will be notified by July 1st.
Good Luck everyone and thanks for participating.